Crafting: Custom DS Boxes. Again!!

“Seriously, what’s wrong with this guy, all he ever does is showing all those custom DS boxes he makes, what’s with that?”

‘Cause they’re AWESOME. That’s why! And this time I finished 13 of them, leaving 7 empty cases to fill up. And this time I have a neat little trick to show you! They say necessity is the mother of invention… nay, I say. NAY!!

LAZINESS is the mother of invention! CONVENIENCE or FEAR even!! Let’s explain this to you with an example of mine.

2015-12-17 15.13.24Earlier they told you to use hobby knives, cardboard cutters or an electric angled saw, but all of those can cut your fingers up. Knives and blades take strength and patience when you cut through those plastic tabs too. This looks risky, right? Well, don’t fret! Here’s the perfect solution for you!

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This little bugger is all you need to easily remove those tabs! Just get a firm hold and twist those tabs clean off! If there’s anything left you can use those knives to shave off  what little imperfection and bump that might be left. This takes half the time needed and gives the same result with less risk of cutting your fingers.

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My Messi workspace (pun intended)

 

Alright, I wanted a case for this bootleg Game Boy cart, 82 in 1,  that I got in Spain for more than 10 years ago. I chose this one amongst the stack of bootlegs they had, and it turns out I did good. The glossy box was thrown away a long time ago though. The cart doesn’t contain 82 games at all, but rather about 10 or so with alternating titles, and even though you can use it on the GBC and GBA it’s full of original GB titles. You get to play Othello (which isn’t an awesome RPG as they want to lead you to believe on the cover, but rather the game with the same name), Castlevania Adventure, Spiderman 2, Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle, Tetris, Battletanks and Bomb Jack to just name a few. A solid selection of games, and Tetris works with Link Cable support too! 2015-12-17 15.12.54

Here’s the cart itself. But I wanted the cover to be different! Unique!! So this below is what we got. If I make a cover by scratch I add symbols and such but leave the barcodes be. In this one I went to great length to remove the “Original” and “Official” texts on the Nintendo Seal and the Game Boy Game Pak Seal. Hah! That was amusing to me.

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I decided against better judgement to make a cover for Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway for the Game Boy Advance. The game is pretty much crud and a blatant Mario Kart Super Circuit knockoff with half the framerate. Stay away! For me it’s worth to own as a novelty item and to show off to people who can’t believe this kind of game was made in the ’00’s…

So I took the opportunity to mock the game! The blurb is authentic and all, but the rest of the text, layout and images are custom made by yours truly.2015-12-17 15.12.15

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T’was a good day, sirs and madams! A good day indeed!

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Game Hunting: January & February- Mixed Bag of Goodies

These months I had a more meager haul than I usually get, which is a good thing, both for more gaming time and for the wallet. Let’s look at what I got!

bullworth academyCanis Canem Edit: Bullworth Academy, is a game that made a few headlines as you basically control a bully, or prankster if you will, through the fictional halls of Bullworth Academy. Make the girls swoon for you, make pranks, watch out for the teachers etc. You’re the bad boy now! Rockstar games made this game, and that’s one reason to get the game, as well as the fact that you control this bully- wannabe into delinquiency. If that isn’t a fun enough setting I don’t know what is. Got this one from a thrift store for 3 dollars, and the casing and game disc are in mint condition. It even has a game poster with a map of the schoolgrounds at the back! That map is going up on my game room wall in the future.

Next game we bought is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. ToadI really liked those parts in Super Mario 3D World, and, if I’ve understood this right, this game is centered around that mini game. I haven’t played it yet, as most of my time has been poured into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’m looking forward to playing this game, and the idea is to play it together with my wife, which always is fun. Got this one for the standard retail price.

 

Then I got this charger, and at a glance it seemed to be for one of the NDS models, which was neat. Then I ds chargertook it home and tried it on my DS Lite and 3DS but it didn’t fit! It didn’t look like the one for the GBA SP (which is identical to the one for the DS Phat) so I made some research based on the serial number, and it seems as if this one goes to the Game Boy Advance Micro! They aren’t always that cheap to come over, and I got this for approximately 3 dollars, so I’m content after all. It seems as if i have to get a GBA Micro to go with this thrift store find, or sell or trade it to someone who needs it.

imageI already have Super Mario All Stars which was released for the Wii during Mario’s 25th Anniversary, along with the DVD (but without the cardboard box), but when I found this one for cheap in a GAME store in Elche, Spain, I had to get it for my brother. And it’s an English edition too! You only need to swap the case with a newer one as it has some scratches and scuffs, but it should work just fine as the disc is in good condition.

imageThese key chain mini games are reminescent of similar LCD games that were given out imagetogether with the Swedish Club Nintendo Magazine when you subscribed. We had (and probably still have it somewhere in a cardboard box) a Tetris one which was really fun to play. Of all the ones I saw I had to get these two, which are Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Jr. . Others available were some kind of racing game, Mario’s Factory and Octopus just to name a few. I found these two pretty little things in Media Market and GAME stores around Alicante in Spain.

Last but not least I found a Wii U Gamepad Cradle for half the retail price at a Toys R’ Us store, also around Alicante, imageSpain. You never got these with the basic White Nintendo Wii U system as it was bundled only with the more expensive Black set). Toy stores are great when you want to find certain games for a great price, especially if they’re part of bigger chains or in smaller cities where they have a smaller costumer base, as they tend to sell part of their inventory off at a regular basis to make room fore more popular items. Add to this that they usually sell off games and accessories that aren’t popular to kids, or not that famous amongst them (like gems and the like) and you’ll get why scouring the retail bins are a good thing if you want to find cheaper games as an adult. I’ve also found Pikmin (for the Wii), Pikmin 3 (Wii U) and Super Scribblenauts (NDS) this way. So release your inner child and check the stores out. You might find something awesome that’s on your list.

I’d been looking for a video game system to have at my parents’ place as it’s tedious to imagemove whole systems back and forth everytime we visit, which is quite often, and I thought a Playstation 2 would be a nice choice because of the abundance of games I have for that system. Also, I won’t mind if the game’s cases crach during the transport… it’s quite easy to fix those dagames since you easily can swap the gases as cheap sports games are easy to come by for that European blue-ish color. I foudn this at a thrift store for less than the lowest online price I’ve even enountered, which was neat, so I got it. They guarranteed that it worked, and if it didn’t I could return it (which is weird if they guarantee it’s proper functioning) and I tried out Canis Canem Edit: Bullworth Academy on it (also known as The Bully to some of you) and it ran like a clock. I also got a 8 mb original Memory Gate memory card which ahd game saves for a multitude of different games on it, and only about 1 mb left (roughly 1000 kb or so) by a dude named KRILLEN. Thanks for the save games, Krillen! Are you perhaps bald with incense burn marks on your forehead? Anyhow, I had to remove some of them and removed those for games I were to play myself, like Kingdom Hearts, and those for games I am playing on other platforms, like Gun which I’m playing on the Gamecube. Sports games save games like those for SSX 3 and some kind of golf game had to go as well, as well those for FPS games such as Medal of Honor. At the end I had about 6 Mb free. Sorry, Krillen, but this Playstation 2 isn’t yours anymore, and it had collected dust since 2008 judging by the save game’s dates.

 

 

I See Video Games EVERYWHERE

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I was shopping in IKEA when I saw these stuck on their shelf, game sprite bead art! Those ‘shrooms sure look magnificent. IKEA is the last place I expected to find video game themed stuff, probably there’s lurking a gamer amongst the staff…

 We ended up buying two bead sets. IKEA 1 – MartianOddity 0.
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And you know that you’ve played too much Tetris when you see Squigglies and Reverse Squigglies everywhere. I saw this one in a gardening store.

In all honestly, how do you even use these blocks?!

 

Gamer’s Love on Valentine’s Day

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I got a lot of gamer merchandise from my wife in a nifty little box full of goodies, and she once again showed me how much she loves and understands me! Thanks my love!

The box contained:

– A Toon Link plushie

– A Tetris mug

– The book “Super Mario- how Nintendo conquered America”

– Super Mario Mushroom socks

So much love in the air!

Wicked Games for the Game Boy

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Well, this is one of those ads for the most “Wicked Games” of the time that we used to see, and still see from time to time, in Video Game magazines. You can see a lot of good games, and also a rating under each from magazines that conveniently have given a good rating of the games. But the new releases haven’t been reviewed. Back then you couldn’t find a review mere hours after a game was released, not even on Ye Ole Internet.

I can spot some not-so-wicked games mixed in that bunch… that’s clever. Great advertising trick, really. They are:

Space Invaders, while a good game, shouldn’t be good for the Game Boy. I think the lack of colors kill this game.

Soccer. Wait, what? It’s such a generic game.

Tetris 2 simply pales in comparision with the original. A lot of the concept gets lost in this more “modern” adaptation of the game.

But needless to say I can vouch for the rest. They’re all great games!

And Wario sports a “derp” face in this one. Magnificent.

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My Gameboy Games

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Killer Instinct

– Bought for 2£ in the US, in Toys N’ Joys in Honolulu, Hawaii. A decent port of the SNES game that feels kind of the same and looks great for being on the Gameboy.

Mickey Mouse

– Bought for 5 £ in Australia, I think in Perth, at Game Traders. Plays very much like the Crazy Castle series and is equally fun.

Metroid II

– Bought for 6£ from Tradera. A steal! I finished this game, it was maze-like but still quite short when compared to the other games. A great game.

Tamagotchi

– Bought for 2£ at Toys N’ Joys. I’ve only started it up and what can I say, it’s Tamagotchi.

James Bond 007

– Bought for 3£ from Tradera. A decent game where you play as James Bond with a Zelda-esque angle.

Arcade Classics 4 – Defender & Joust 

– Bought for 12£ back in ’96, it was my first own game ever. It contains 2 Williams classics that are quite fun and a good game to start your Gameboy adventuring with.

82 in 1

– Bought at a marketplace for like 10£ in Torrevieja, Spain, for like 10 years ago. It contains a lot of different games, but not 82 games… maybe 11 of them? If I recall correctly it contains Othello, Spider Man, Tetris and some other weird games.

Rugrats the Movie

– Bought in Australia, I don’t remember where though, for about 6£. A good platforming game, and it’s a movie license game. That’s rare.

R-Type Dx

– Bought in Australia at Game Traders for about 6£, I don’t remember the town. Funny as heck, hard as crud. Contains R-Type 1 & 2 in both original and Dx versions.

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Super Mario Land

– Bought in Tokyo, Japan, for 3£. I used to own the SCN version as a kid but I sold it off if I recall correctly… This one is my wife’s copy. A classic but not quite as good as the second game.


Super Mario Land 2

– My wife got this with her yellow Original Gameboy back when she was a kid. A solid Mario platformer, but not quite as good as Wario Land in my opinion.

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land

– Bought at Kapten Krok in Gothenburg, in a rather tattered shape, for about 8£, and it was worth every penny. The best game in the Super Mario Land series.

Mega Man

– Bought in a mall in Andorra La Vella, Andorra, in ’98, for about 18£. I’ve never managed to beat Wily at the last stage, but the game proves to be immensely challenging and gives you just the amount of progress you need to keep on playing. That is, only 1 checkpoint in the very long stages, making your blood boil if Mega Man dies in either half.

Mega Man II

– Got it as a Christmas gift back in ’99-’00. A tad bit easier than the first, with more checkpoints and levels with better platforming, but much more fun (Rush, I’m looking at you, boy. Good dog.).

Bomberman GB

– Bought it from Tradera for about 5£ if I recall correctly. It’s your run of the mill Bomberman game, meaning it’s great.

Dr. Mario

– Bought at Toys N’ Joys for 2£. A NES classic that’s been ported very well, the only different being a smaller playing field and no colors.

Mario & Yoshi

– Bought from Ebay.co.uk for 50 Cents. A real NES and Gameboy classic which contains innovative and solid puzzling.

Donkey Kong

– Bought in Tokyo, Japan, for 3£ only. Awesome game, absolutely at the Top 10 list of the system. It’s one of my favorite games of all time, it’s just that amazing.

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Alleyway

– Bought for 4£ at Game Traders in Australia, along the East Coast. It’s a watered down Breakout clone, but I’ve wanted it since I was a kid simply because Mario is on the cover art. Sneaky, smart advertisers.

Tennis

– Bought for 2£ from Ebay.co.uk. A decent Tennis game, but there are many better ones out there. Bought mostly out of the nostalgia factor, I had it as a kid.

Tetris

– Bought for 10 Cents from Ebay.co.uk. It’s Tetris, but the Tetris DS game is much better. Though I can’t complain about the great fun when playing against a friend as Mario and Luigi.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

– Bought for 5£ from Tradera. A good Capcom produced action RPG game that starts off in a much more badass way than the movie does (Roger witnesses Marvin Acme being gunned down in his office).

Legend of the River King

– Bought for 10£ from Kapten Krok. Allegedly a good game, but I can’t figure out how to actually… fish.

Solomon’s Club

– Bought for 4£ from Kapten Krok. This game is a good puzzle game, I remember my friend having it. The only downside is that it plays the same music for each and every stage.

Kirby’s Dream Land

– Bought for about 7£ from the seller Japanspel from Tradera. A solid platformer and the first game in the Kirby series, but it doesn’t hold a candle against…

Kirby’s Dream Land 2

– Bought for about 7£ from the seller Japanspel from Tradera. The better one of the 2 games with much more powerups, it’s basically the Gameboy version of Kirby’s Adventure for the NES.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

– Bought for 8£ from a Game Traders store in Australia. Do I need to say anything?

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Pokémon Blue Version

– Bought in ’98 for about 30£ from Toys R Us in Gothenburg, Sweden. One of the best games of all time!

Pokémon Blue Version

– Bought for 5£ from Tradera.

Pokémon Red Version

– Got it in a bundle with Pokémon Stadium 2 and a Transfer Pack, for 10£ only (!!).

Pokémon Yellow Version

– Bought this complete for about 18£ from Kapten Krok, when they were in their old store location close to Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen in Gothenburg. To be honest I prefer the Pokémon designs from the first versions more since the ones in this game look washed out.

Pokémon Gold Version

– Bought for 40£ 4 weeks after its release from a store in Femmanhuset in Gothenburg. You just couldn’t find it anywhere. And now, you can’t find that store anymore…it went bankrupt. This is the only game in the Gameboy library that trumps Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

– Bought complete from Toys R Us, for 23£. An often overlooked that that really is one of the best for the Gameboy Color.

Monkey Puncher

– Bought complete, when it still was being sold, at the top of the Pokémon height, at ’01, for 23£, from the same store in Femmanhuset, that later went bankrupt. It’s sad that it’s as overlooked as it is, since it’s a good game after all, though it’s plagues with Engrish.

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Pokémon Crystal Version

– Bought for 5£ from Tradera. This game is even better than Gold and Silver, and that’s saying a lot as I played Gold first as a kid (not even nostalgia trumps this game!).

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

– Bought complete from Carrefour in Torrevieja, Spain, for 30£. The best Puzzle League game there is, period, a must have.

Dragonball: Legendary Super Warriors

– Bought complete in Alicante, Spain, in Carrefour, for 25£. It’s in Spanish though. Good thing I know Spanish quite well! A challenging game really, and many fights are won out of sheer luck.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

– Got it as a Christmas gift ’01 from my parents. One of the best LoZ games.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

– Bought for 14£ from Ebay.co.uk, from the seller ain’t-got-no-money-honey. I really recommend them! One of the best LoZ games.

Deja Vu 1 & 2

– Got it complete as a Christmas gift from my twin, in ’02 I think. Sweet! What’s great is that this game contains the 2nd game in the series, and tit’s the only time it graces Nintendo with its presence.

Rampage 2: Universal Tour

– Bought it at Toys N’ Joys for 2£. It’s alright, a little choppy controls, but not bad. It’s your standard Rampage game.

Wario Land 3

– Bought for 10 £ from Mynt & Musik at Stigbergsliden. I haven’t played it yet but it’s supposed to be a good game.

Power Puff Girls: Battle HIM!

– Bought boxed for 2 £ from a thrift store in Kristinehamn, Sweden. It looks crap and I bet it plays like crap, but I haven’t played it yet.

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Gargoyle’s Quest

– Bought for 6£ from Mynt & Musik, Stigbergsliden. A really fun game, but it’s challenging to the point of inducing insanity.

Dragon Warriors 1 & 2

– Bought for 8£ from Toys N Joys. Really good games, they are.

Wario Land II

– Bought for 10£ from Mynt & Musik at Stigbergsliden. A humorous and really fun game where you can’t die, Wario is basically immortal here.